Word of advice

WORD OF ADVICE is given to new National Service trainees for the Navy by A/B R. Hopkirk, after their arrival at the Balmoral Naval Station. They are (from left) Arthur Ratley, 19, of Woonona; Allan Turton, 18, of Stockton; and Aldo Spagnola, 19, of Clifton. – The Newcastle Sun August 5 1952 Advertisements

The wild men of 22 Mile Camp

By MICK ROBERTS © AMERICA’S Wild West could be considered tame compared to the wilderness separating Sydney from Illawarra’s far northern coal mining villages during the mid to late 1880s. Notorious shantytowns sprang up in the bushland to service the men who built the Illawarra Railway and they were no place for the faint hearted. The navvies…

Clifton pub up for sale

CLIFTON’S landmark historic hotel, The Imperial will be auctioned by owner WIN Corporation. The pub ceased trading in November 2003 due to a lack of passing trade when Lawrence Hargrave Drive was closed after a landslide. Sea Cliff Bridge opened two years later, but it came too late for the pub, which has remained empty…

Clifton school

By MICK ROBERTS © PRIMITIVE but strikingly beautiful surrounds greeted 19-year-old Walter McLaren after trudging the rugged bush track from Bulli to Clifton in July 1878. The teenager had caught Waterworth’s Day Coach from Campbelltown to Bulli for his new appointment as teacher of Clifton Public School before setting off on foot and wearily wandering…